Japanese Textiles, Crafts & Sashiko Tour with Yokohama Quilt Festival

8 - 21 November 2024
FROM (AUD) $9,995
14 DAY
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Tour Overview

Designed and led by Jane MacDonald, this bespoke craft tour of Japan is focusing on a range of traditional crafts with the opportunity for hands on learning experiences with the masters of sashiko, temari, indigo and stencil dyeing, washi paper, and Kurume kasuri. The tour visits famous sites, cities, towns, villages and textile establishments on the main island of Honshu and the southwestern island of Kyushu.

  • Tour the Yokohama Quilt Festival
  • Craft a temari
  • Visit Akie Ginza’s Sashiko Museum
  • View the Kubota Kimono Collection at Itchiku Kubota Museum
  • Enjoy a stencil dyeing workshop with textile designer Yumi Ishikita
  • Learn traditional sashiko techniques from a talented teacher in Kyoto
  • Visit the spectacular Kinkakuji and Ryoanji Temples in Kyoto
  • Participate in a roketsu (indigo) dyeing workshop
  • Learn how to paint fabric for Yuzen dyeing
  • Enjoy an all-day aizome workshop and learn about Kurume kasuri
  • Tour the Shimogawa weaving studio
  • Learn how to make artisan paper in a washi studio
  • Visit a Yame green tea plantation
Dates & Prices

8 – 21 November 2024 (fully booked, waiting list only)

Tour Prices AUD
Per person, twin share $9,995
Single supplement $1,935
Tour deposit $1,000

*Tour price is Land Only, starts in Tokyo and finishes in Fukuoka.

About your tour leader - Jane MacDonald

Jane MacDonald has been interested in Japanese textiles and crafts for over twenty years, developing a specialty in the craft of sashiko stitching and design. Initially drawn to the quality and detail in the workmanship of Japanese textiles, Jane now teaches sashiko extensively throughout Australia and internationally.

What's Included

Tour Inclusions: 

  • Twin share accommodation for 13 nights at well-appointed hotels
  • Train from Odawara to Kyoto and Hiroshima to Fukuoka
  • Private chartered coach during tour for travel detailed in the itinerary
  • Workshops and entrance fees for activities included in the itinerary
  • An English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary

Not Included: 

  • International flights to Japan
  • Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers
  • Gratuities to guide &/or driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above
To enquire or book this tour, please contact


In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

  • You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace
  • Use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities)
  • Undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces
  • Stand for long periods in museums and other sites
  • Embark / disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance
  • Handle your own luggage

For tour itinerary and booking form, please contact Opulent Journeys